KL to summon S'pore envoy for clarification on spying allegations

KL to summon S'pore envoy for clarification on spying allegations
Mr Ong Keng Yong.

MALAYSIA had summoned Singapore's High Commissioner, Mr Ong Keng Yong, pn Tuesday to seek a clarification over reports that allege Singapore is involved in spying activities against Malaysia.

In a statement issued late on Monday night, Malaysia's Minister for Foreign Affairs, Datuk Seri Anifah Aman, said the country was investigating the matter.

"The Malaysian authorities have taken appropriate actions with regard to earlier allegations of spying by the United States and Australia. The Malaysian authorities are now investigating thoroughly the latest media report about the involvement of other countries, in particular Singapore, in the spying activities against Malaysia," the press statement said.

The statement comes after Australian newspapers claimed that secret documents leaked by former US intelligence contractor turned whistle-blower Edward Snowden had shown that Singapore and South Korea were helping the US and Australia tap undersea telecommunications links in Asia. These articles were picked up by the Malaysian press.

"If those allegations are eventually proven, it is certainly a serious matter that the Government of Malaysia strongly rejects and abhors," the press statement said.

"It cannot be over-emphasised that spying against a good friend and neighbour is unacceptable and goes against the true spirit of and commitment to good neighbourly relations," it added, noting that the neighbours currently enjoy strong ties.

Earlier this month, as a row simmered over a US-led surveillance network in Asia, Malaysia had summoned the heads of the US and Australian missions and handed them protest notes.

lestkong@sph.com.sg


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